Karl Backman

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Karl Backman
Karl backman 2.jpg
Background information
Born (1970-10-27) 27 October 1970 (age 46)[1]
Umeå, Sweden
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Artist, musician, songwriter, writer
Instruments Guitar, Vocals,
Years active 1982–present
Labels Deathwish Inc.
Ny Våg
Busted Heads Records
Shock Entertainment
Associated acts AC4
The Vectors
The T-55's
Website http://karlbackman.com

Karl Backman, (born 27 October 1970, Umeå) is a Swedish artist and musician.[1][2]

Music[edit]

Karl Backman performing with AC4 at The Zoo in Brisbane, Australia, April 2011
Karl Backman performing with AC4 at Groezrock in Belgium, April 2013

Backman became involved in Punk rock in 1980 and started his first punk band the Boredom Brothers in 1982 when he was squatting in Umeå.[3][4][5][6]

He formed the punk band The Vectors in 1990, with whom he is the lead guitarist and vocalist.[5][6][7]

Backman is currently also the lead guitarist and the main songwriter in AC4, a hardcore punk band he started in 2008 with ex-Refused members Dennis Lyxzén and David Sandström.[3][4][6][8]

Sometime in the late summer of 2013 Backman formed a new band called The T-55's, as AC4 is on a break.[9]

He is interviewed about his views on artistic expression in the Australian documentary film A few minutes with AC4.[10]

Art[edit]

Backman's paintings are often colourful and large in scale, covering political, religious and sexual themes and is inspired by the Punk aesthetic.[1][2][11] He has designed covers for many records and is also a prolific member of the internationell art project Artmoney.[12]

Backman has worked internationally with many pornographic actresses including Satine Phoenix, Ashley Blue, Layla Rivera, Summer Luv, Drew Allen, Barbii Bucxxx and May Ling Su for noted exhibitions at The Museum of Porn in Art in Zurich, 2011 and 2012.[13][14]

Backman and his girlfriend visited the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in 2010 with a documentary news team from AFP.[15] He is currently working on an upcoming exhibition of paintings based on the photographs he took there.[3][16]

Discography[edit]

The T-55's
  • 2014: Power Up (JanML Records, Germany)[17]
  • 2014: Split with Mary's Kids (Strange Magic Records/AM Records, USA)[18]
AC4


The Vectors
  • 1996: Fuck MTV (New Lifeshark)
  • 1998: The Vectors (New Lifeshark)
  • 2000: Rape the Pope (Rabid Alligator)
  • 2003: Still Ill (Busted Heads Records)
  • 2011: Pigs and Parasites (SIK Records)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Art and Artist art magazine; Sex and Conspiracy; Karl Backman". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mung Being #36; Karl Backman". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Idioteq; AC4: Stay Wild!". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: AC4 Push To Fire". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Facebook; AC4 – About". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "PlugInMusic.com AC4's Karl Backman". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Vectors, The (3) Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bombshellzine.com; On The Record – AC4". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bombshellzine.com; The T-55's form after AC4 take a break". Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "A few minutes with AC4 documentary". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Broken aestetic sense; Karl Backman Interview". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Artmoney Karl Backman". Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Museum of Porn in Art presents an exhibition by KARL BACKMAN". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "May Ling Su and Karl Backman". Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Daily Mail 27 september 2010". London. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "karlbackman.com". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "T-55’s, The – Power Up at Discogs". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mary's Kids, T-55’s, The – Mary's Kids/The T-55's at Discogs". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "AC4 – AC4 at Discogs". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "AC4 / Surprise Sex Attack – Aniseed 001 (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "AC4 "Burn The World" LP out soon from a partnership of Deathwish & Ny Vag". Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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